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23.0.60; set-fill-column wants a number

From: Peter Dyballa
Subject: 23.0.60; set-fill-column wants a number
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2008 17:33:25 +0100


When I position the text cursor somewhere on a line and type C-x f to set the fill column, an error is reported:

        set-fill-column: set-fill-column requires an explicit argument

The documentation tells:

        C-x f runs the command set-fill-column, which is an interactive
        compiled Lisp function in `simple.el'.
        It is bound to C-x f.
        (set-fill-column arg)
        Set `fill-column' to specified argument.
        Use C-u followed by a number to specify a column.
        Just C-u as argument means to use the current column.

This does not explain the error. The last seems to explain that C-u C- x f is necessary. What is then C-x f good for? I remember that I could change the value of fill-column according to its documentation (excerpt):

        Interactively, you can set the buffer local value using C-x f.

In GNU Emacs (powerpc-apple-darwin8.11.0, X toolkit, Xaw3d scroll bars)
 of 2008-03-02 on Latsche.local
Windowing system distributor `The XFree86 Project, Inc', version 11.0.40400000 configured using `configure '--without-pop' '--without-sound' '-- with-xft' '--with-libotf' '--with-dbus' '--with-x-toolkit=athena' '-- enable-font-backend' '--enable-locallisppath=/Library/Application Support/Emacs/calendar23:/Library/Application Support/Emacs/caml:/ Library/Application Support/Emacs:/sw/share/emacs21/site-lisp/elib' 'PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/sw/lib/freetype219/lib/pkgconfig:/sw/lib/ fontconfig2/lib/pkgconfig:/sw/lib/pkgconfig:/sw/lib/system-openssl/ lib/pkgconfig:/sw/share/pkgconfig:/usr/lib/pkgconfig:/usr/local/lib/ pkgconfig:/usr/local/clamXav/lib/pkgconfig:/usr/X11R6/lib/pkgconfig' 'CPPFLAGS=-no-cpp-precomp -D__BIND_NOSTATIC -I/sw/lib/fontconfig2/ include -I/sw/lib/freetype219/include -I/sw/lib/freetype219/include/ freetype2 -idirafter /usr/X11R6/include' 'CFLAGS=-ggdb -gfull - bind_at_load -Wno-pointer-sign -pipe -fPIC -mcpu=7450 -mtune=7450 - mno-powerpc64 -O0' 'LDFLAGS=-bind_at_load -dead_strip - multiply_defined suppress -L/sw/lib/fontconfig2/lib -L/sw/lib/ freetype219/lib''

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Mit friedvollen Grüßen


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